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Theory and Spenserian practice
Rachel E. Hile

satirist, we can imagine that, with the 1596 installment of The Faerie Queene, Spenser found a balance between the caution of The Shepheardes Calender and the rashness of Complaints, a balance that Aristotle might describe as true courage. He intervenes into court politics with his allegorical defense of Walter Raleigh against the displeasure of the Queen at his secret marriage. He offers multiple opinions on European political and religious struggles with his allegorizations of the situations in France and the Netherlands. Most famously, he supports the justice of

in Spenserian satire